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Leaves: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about leaves?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to leaves. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about leaves.

Our list includes board books and picture books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about leaves, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Leaves to popular sellers like Leaf Man.

We hope this list of kids books about leaves can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

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Tidy
Written by Emily Gravett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Pete the badger learns that being tidy isn’t always the best thing in this save-the-environment picture book from award-winning author and illustrator Emily Gravett. Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates quickly and ends with the complete destruction of the forest. Will Pete realize the error of his ways and reverse his tidying habit?
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Hello, Fall!
Written by Deborah Diesen & illustrated by Lucy Fleming
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
A grandparent and child recall the beautiful and wonderful sights and sounds of a fall day spent together.
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Oak Leaf
Written by John Sandford
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
An artistic picture book about an autumn leaf's journey that beautifully evokes the season A lone autumn leaf falls and flies away on a breeze. It travels up and over the world and down again--where it finally lands on the page of a little girl's open book and becomes a keepsake.
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Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
Written by Julia Rawlinson & illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
When his favorite tree begins to lose its leaves in the fall, Fletcher the fox worries that it is sick, but instead a magical sight is in store for him.
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Leaves
Written by Janet Lawler & illustrated by Lindsay Dale-Scott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
Readers of all ages will enjoy the timeless wonder of autumn leaves in this amazing new pop-up book from paper engineer Yoojin Kim―her first―teamed with award-winning author Janet Lawler and artist Lindsay Dale-Scott. This book, which can be considered a seasonal companion with Jumping Jack Press’ all-time best seller and award winning, Snowflakes, includes amazing pop-ups, educational information, and delightful interactive elements that offer change and surprise on every page in this lyrical look at Autumn.
Ping-Ping Panda's Bamboo Journey book
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When the Leaf Blew In book
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Leaves book
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Full of Fall book
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  • Ping-Ping Panda's Bamboo Journey - Join Ping-Ping Panda and her hummingbird friend as they search for tasty treats! Ping-Ping Panda is searching for some tasty leaves with the help of her hummingbird friend, but as they roam through the forest, all they find are other animals’ favorite foods. Will Ping-Ping find something to satisfy her rumbling tummy? Help Ping-Ping and her friends explore the forest in this interactive story with flaps to lift and colorful, detailed scenes by best-selling nature illustrator Maurice Pledger.

  • When the Leaf Blew In - Simple, repetitive text and expressive illustrations tell an autumn story about the way one leaf turns an entire barnyard upside down.

  • Leaves - This simple, charming story of a young bear’s first autumn is perfectly suited to board book format. Bear is surprised when the leaves start falling off the trees, but when he tries to reattach them, it doesn’t work. Eventually, he gets sleepy, and burrows into the fallen leaves for a long nap. When he wakes up, it’s spring-and there are suddenly brand-new leaves all around, seeming to welcome him. With its childlike main character and graceful illustrations, Leaves is a great way to teach the youngest children about the changing seasons.

  • Full of Fall - Discover the magic—and the science—behind fall leaves with this companion to the celebrated Raindrops Roll and Best in Snow. With gorgeous photo illustrations, award-winning author April Pulley Sayre explores the transformation trees undergo in fall. The book takes readers through the leaves’ initial change from green to red, yellow, and orange, the shedding of the leaves, and the leaves crumbling as winter approaches. Extensive back matter explains the science behind this process to the youngest of budding scientists.

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The Little Yellow Leaf
Written & illustrated by Carin Berger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
As all the other leaves float off and fly past, Little Yellow Leaf thinks, I'm not ready yet. As the seasons change all around, Little Yellow Leaf holds on to the tree. Still not ready. Will Little Yellow Leaf ever be ready? This is a story for anyone who has ever been afraid of facing the unknown—and a celebration of the friends who help us take the leap.
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This Little Pumpkin
Written by Aly Fronis & illustrated by Luke Flowers
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Celebrate the season with pumpkins doing fall activities in this Halloween-themed twist on the classic nursery rhyme "This Little Piggy"! This little pumpkin went to market. This little pumpkin cuddled with bats. This little pumpkin played in the leaves. This little pumpkin tried on some hats. The pumpkins are getting ready for their Halloween adventure! In this Halloween twist on "This Little Piggy," these little pumpkins are enjoying fun fall activities! With pumpkins cuddling with bats, playing in the leaves, trying on hats, scaring mice, gobbling treats, and wishing readers a Happy Halloween, little readers will love this creative, flowing twist on a favorite classic nursery rhyme!
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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!
Written & illustrated by Lucille Colandro
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
A twist on the classic tale of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" takes the story even further as the lady goes about swallowing up a variety of elements of autumn, including some leaves, a pumpkin, and some hay.
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The Very Last Leaf
Written by Stef Wade & illustrated by Jennifer Davison
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
Lance Cottonwood is the best and brightest of the leaves, but even the top students on the tree have worries. Can Lance conquer his fear of falling and just let go when the time comes for his final exam, or will he let his worries take over? In this funny and encouraging picture book, best-selling author Stef Wade (A Place for Pluto) tells an engaging story and deftly addresses social and emotional struggles many kids encounter each day...feeling anxious, wanting to be perfect, facing fears, etc. These themes combined with illustrator Jennifer Davison's delightful characters and rich autumnal colors make The Very Last Leaf a perfect book for the start of a new school year, the arrival of autumn, or any period of transition in life.
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My Leaf Book
Written & illustrated by Monica Wellington
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
The brilliant colors of fall foliage take center stage in this picture book perfect for fans of the classic Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf.With her trademark bold, graphic style Monica Wellington has created a picture book about autumn, trees, and leaves.aaWhen the seasons change, a young girl visits the arboretum to collect fallen leaves and make a book with them. Brilliant illustrations show each variety of tree the girl encounters, from the common oak to the lesser known gingko.a Spreads silhouetting leaves up-close help young children learn to identify them. Like the girl in the book, young readers will be eager to make their very own leaf books.
Fall book
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Leaf Man book
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One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! book
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Leaf Jumpers book
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  • Fall - Children describe their favorite things to do during the fall, from collecting acorns to baking pies.

  • Leaf Man - A man made of leaves blows away, traveling wherever the wind may take him, in a fresh, autumn tale with illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas. Jr Lib Guild.

  • One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! - This playful counting book shares the colorful highlights of the four seasons in charming illustrations. Count your way through the seasons! In spring, the tree’s leaves appear, one by one. By summer, there’s a glorious canopy. And when autumn winds blow, leaves fly from the tree, one after another, leading us into winter. There’s a world of activity to spy in and around this beautiful tree as the wild creatures, and one little boy, celebrate the cycles of nature. As little ones count leaves, look for animals, and enjoy the changing seasonal landscape, bouncy rhymes and bold illustrations make learning to count easy—corresponding numerals reinforcing the learning fun.

  • Leaf Jumpers - Graceful, poetic text celebrates the beauty of autumn leaves, while the simple text at the end explains why leaves change color. Readers learn how to identify all sorts of leaves from red maple to sycamore by their color, shape, and other characteristics. A great choice for science units and autumn displays.

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Yellow Time
Written by Lauren Stringer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Lauren Stringer celebrates the coming of autumn in this exuberant, joyful ode to that magical time when the leaves are changing color and the animals are preparing for winter. Children and animals alike excitedly anticipate yellow time, when the trees release their colorful leaves to blanket the earth, crows raise their voices joyfully from the bare branches, and squirrels busy themselves preparing their nests for winter. This lyrical celebration of the beauty and fun of autumn is sure to become a perennial fall favorite.
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My Autumn Book
Written & illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
A young girl rushes outside when the air is crisp and the sky turns gray to observe all of the changes that autumn brings.

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